UDRP panel orders stolen 3 letter domain name returned to owner
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
EZQ.com should belong to EZQuest, rules panel.
Last month Michael Berkens wrote about how a UDRP panel affirmed that UDRP is not a forum for recovery stolen domain names.
I agree that’s the case — most of the time.
Yet over history some complainants have successfully used UDRP to recover stolen three letter domain names.
That’s the case with EZQ.com, which was just awarded to EZQUEST, INC.
EZQuest says the domain name was stolen earlier this year when the thief managed to get into its Go Daddy account.
When it comes to the element of registering a domain in bad faith, the panelist writes “Hacking a complainant’s registration account is evidence of bad faith pursuant to Policy ¶ 4(a)(iii).”
So I don’t blame anyone for trying to recover a stolen domain through UDRP, especially if you can argue common law rights to the domain. Just be prepared to turn to the courts if it doesn’t work out.